• Key play: Markel Brown hit his fifth three-pointer of the half with 6 minutes left, putting Oklahoma State up 32-23.
• Key stat: KU had nine turnovers while falling behind 40-34 at intermission.
• Key play: With KU leading 66-62, Elijah Johnson turned the ball over in traffic and Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte drained a three-pointer on the other end.
• Key stat: Oklahoma State freshman guard Marcus Smart had eight offensive rebounds.
Self turns to White late
On second thought, maybe KU coach Bill Self should have gone to freshman guard Andrew White a little sooner during KU’s 85-80 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday.
White, a 6-foot-6 three-point specialist, entered with 54 seconds left and Kansas trailing 77-69. But he finished with six points and made his only three-point attempt while the Jayhawks turned an eight-point deficit into a one-possession game in the final seconds.
“I should have been playing him before,” Self said. “He did great. He gave us a chance to be in the game by making that three.”
White, who is averaging just 6.2 minutes and 3.1 points per game, also picked up a steal and went three of four from the free-throw line.
• The Jayhawks’ offense went quiet down the stretch, going without a field goal for more than six minutes before coming alive in the final minute. Some of the problems, according to senior Jeff Withey, stemmed from KU’s inability to attack Oklahoma State’s 2-3 zone.
“That 2-3 just hurt us so much,” Withey said. “We couldn’t score for a certain amount of time. And they were getting a lot of offensive rebounds, so they were scoring every time off that.”
• Oklahoma State’s Markel Brown finished with a game-high 28 points while making seven of 10 from three-point range. The numbers included a first-half performance — 22 points and five threes — that was reminiscent of former Oklahoma State guard Randy Rutherford’s 11-three, 45-point performance in a loss at Allen Fieldhouse on March 5, 1995.
Self said he was nearly as impressed with Brown’s block on KU’s Ben McLemore that protected a 69-68 lead with 2:45 left. Brown’s seven-of-10 shooting from three-point range was the best by a Kansas opponent since Alex Kragel of UNC-Asheville went seven for 10 on Jan. 2, 2003.
“To do it against this team,” Brown said of Kansas, “was even more special.”
| Rustin Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org.